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Players, fans turn out for Empower Me softball tourney

Angie Mayes • Updated Apr 26, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Several families gathered Sunday afternoon at Cumberland University for the “No Place Like Home” softball tournament to benefit the Empower Me Center.

 

The charity tournament joined participants in Empower Me as they helped raise funds to build a Miracle League in Lebanon. The game was a five-on-five-on-five baseball tourney. The Cumberland University baseball team was the home team for the event. The day of fun was free for those who attended.

There was a team in the outfield, one in the infield and one hitting. Two others were in the dugouts, according to Empower Me Center recreation program director Britney Wilkerson. 

“It is trying to raise funds and awareness for our Miracle Baseball field. We are still in the fundraising efforts to buy the land. Once the land is purchased, we have money for the playground, splash pad and hopefully we’ll be able to build the field.”

Former Cumberland University baseball player Anthony Hopkins said he played in the tourney because “this is going to go toward the kids and individuals that the programs help. It’s just good to be here and help out this organization. There are a lot of former players playing in it. This is an example of [Cumberland baseball] coach [Woody] Hunt giving back to the community…I’m a local kid, so it’s great to be a part of this.”

Empower Me is a nonprofit organization serving individuals with disabilities. It is raising funds to build its own “home,” the Empower Me Center. This center will include a community recreational building, a recreational facility, Miracle League sports complex and independent living cottages for those individuals with special needs. 

To learn more, visit empowermecenter.com or contact Wilkerson at 614-598-0733 or britneywilkerson@empowermecenter.com.

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